Michelob AmberBock | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob AmberBockMichelob AmberBock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Michelob AmberBock is brewed using 100% malt including dark-roasted black and caramel malts and all-imported hops.

Added by unclejimbay on 08-16-2001

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Santa Maria Restaurant in St. Augustine, FL.

Pours a medium brown with a foamy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells vaguely malty and slightly metallic.

This is certainly not bad, but it does nothing absolutely to stand out. It's slightly doughy and slightly caramelly. There's a bit of a flat metallic character as well that sort of detonates the flavors into submission.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation. It's drinkable at least.

I didn't expect much out of this, and it met those expectations.

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Photo of Foyle
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin off white head that drops slowly with the mildest of lacing. Color is a clear deep amber with no visible streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very, very mild. Just a bit of breadiness and slight caramel.
Mouthfeel: mostly light, slighty sticky with a dry finish.
Flavor: roasty caramel, bread crust, a bit of raisin and cocoa, with mild lingering hop bitterness.
Overall: nice, easy drinking beer that should pair well with many foods.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Format: a standard 355mL brown bottle with quite a busy standard macro label.

Appearance: a deep amber in colour tending toward brown, with a half-finger white head that lasts for some time. limited lacing.

Aroma: quite a light nose - light caramels and some sweet grains. A bit boring.

Taste: more caramel malts here with some hops that seem either herbal or floral - ahrd to tell as it is still quite demure.

Aftertaste: drops away quickly - just a small amount of bitterness.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with a lower to moderate carbonation. I couldn't help but think it would be better with a bit higher carbonation.

Overall: not quite as bad a beer as I had been led to believe, but really it was just a bit boring. Perhaps it was intended as a half-way between standard low-taste lagers and a German style Bock? Whatever the case, it is not a great compromise.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.29/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Michelob AmberBock brewed by Anheuser-Busch with an ABV of 5.2% This brew pours a nice brown color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There also some sweetness in the smell. The taste is bold with flavor. There is a lot going on in this brew. Nice taste of grains and malts. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Michelob AmberBock has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. This is a real refreshing brew,Anheuser-Busch did a nice job with this one. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.3/5  rDev +15%

Dark amber color with decent head and retention. Malt forward with the taste and smell and a slightly rich feel with little carbonation. An okay beer.

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Photo of MarkNoseBeer
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Looks good in the glass - like an amber. But almost no taste, bitterness or hop character. Not sure what makes it a "bock." For the same price you can get far superior Full Sail ESB or Amber, or many other decent offerings. Pass.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.25/5  rDev +48.1%

Took a chance on it since the store I stopped at didn't have shiner bock. Good tasting beer smells of floral and caramel notes. Not as good as shiner but a lot smoother and easier to drink than some bocks. Can taste the caramel and corn tastes. No skunk to it. Goes down easy around a fire. Found myself drinking the whole case

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The big wigs sure do know how to make these beers look appealing. Something just pulls you in with the labeling and the marketing. I remember liking this one so let's see how she pans out this time around.

Appearance - in bottle, but a beautiful looking one.

Smell - Dark caramel malts, sweet toasted grains. Metallic tomato. Light fruits and floral notes. Some processed corn but kept in check. Smells like Budweiser but with no skunk. I like this nose. A lot.

Taste - Smooth and tasty. A hint, and I mean a hint, of bock bitterness which steps out of the way almost immediately leaving a clean and crisp finish. Identifiers would include tomato, metallic baked bread, washed out grains. Towards the end it develops a metallic after taste. The taste really is pretty good, and definitely refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated, which is not surprising for a big labeled beer. Under the carbonation is a creamy wash that gives the impression of a full-bodied beer. Finishes crisp and clean.

Overall - The last few beers I have rated I haven't been very impressed with. They were less than satisfactory. This is a nice change of pace and a welcome addition to my beer cache. I thoroughly enjoyed this Amber Bock and I will buy it again.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.82/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, found in grandma's fridge; it's been a few years since I've had this, so why not give it a review
L - fizzy off-white head quickly disappears leaving a deep copper colored lager beer
S - sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, spicy hop
T - spicy hops help to balance out the sweet toasty, caramely malt; but it's very one-note
F - thinner than medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp and clean
O - nothing special, but it's not bad. I'd get it if I was in a pinch, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/2/14. Has this on draught before as well. Been a few years since I had one though. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage Michelob glass goblet.

Pours a deep brown in color with some ruby highlights. A very thin beige head was seen with actually no lacing to speak of. The aroma is very light and of roasted malts with some chocolate. The taste is more stronger than the aroma which is a good thing was it is very smooth to drink. Perfect carbonation and goes down easy. No bitter or harsh aftertaste is noted.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark brown body with ruby hues. Cream colored head that disappears to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: A whole lot of nothing, and faint traces of chocolate and malts.

Taste: A sweet body without a lot to it. Faint toasted bread, toffee. Metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Metallic, carbonated.

Overall: Not a lot of flavor going on here, probably ok from the bottle when not under scrutiny.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- dark amber looks nice AF

S-not sure if its because i have a stuffy nose but not much of a smell

T-nice taste easy to drink and strong flavor

M- a little bitter leaves your mouth quick

O-a nice dark lager wouldnt buy again but only because I would rather try other beers but still enjoyable

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours reddish-brown, overwhelming that dissipates rapidly, some lacings, and decent carbonation. it has sweet malty taste, little aroma, with hints of roasted grains. There is no bite or edge, goes done easy , and is not filling. Above average come pared to the lesser Anheuser products.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

One of the seemingly permanent taps at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I had this after having three drinks previous, and even then, I didn't care much for this beer. I will be honest, being an Anheuser-Busch product, it's not that bad at all... it's a fair beer. It's the epitome of an "okay" brew -- average in every sense. Pours like your typical amber bock would. Smells and tastes like a run-in-the-mill amber bock does. The feel is a slight step up, but not much. The feel just makes this beer a bit more drinkable, as there's a thin texture with reasonably high carbonation.

Cheap grains. Quite sweet. Fair amount of flavor, but no depth. Hops seem to barely be there, if at all. There's not much to say about Michelob AmberBock other than the fact that it's a nice option for the price it is. It's about the same price as a Bud Light, but actually has a bit of flavor.

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Photo of vg_beat
2.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I made this profile just to review how awful this beer is. Basically take a watered-down light beer and throw in some food coloring and this is what you'd get. Head immediately goes away (unlike the thick head in the photo on the case), and description on the bottle is so far off reality I think they probably plagiarized it from some actual beer. Truly a beer for men who want to look like men, but wish they were drinking a Zima instead.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-amber color with a small white head that was gone soon after the pour
S-roasted aroma yet some sweetness
T-Roasted malt taste with a light bitterness in the aftertaste that gets sweeter as you drink more
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-Solid beer with nice taste that gives you more.

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Photo of Hops303
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out an amber goldish color. Decent head. Didnt stick around too long though.

Smell: Not too much at all here. Mildly sweet and grainy. Hint of alcohol. Thats really all I could pick up. No sense of hops in the smell what so ever.

Taste: It was good. Sweet and easy to drink. Very mild flavor with a touch of caramel and almost a bit of bitterness but not in a hoppy way. More like a burnt chocolate manner. Very easy to drink though and would be easy to put a couple back.

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin.

Overall: I enjoy it, not as anything special, but when I want a cheap non flavorful beer, I would pick this anyday over pretty much anything else ab mass produces.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours out a very brilliant copper color, very clear. Good two finger head that is short lived.

S - Very slight sweet aroma that somewhat intensifies as the beer warms a bit.

T - Very light but hints of caramel and sugars, absolutely no hops noted as any used were completely dominated by the sweetness.

M - Like drinking beer flavored water. Very thin to say the least.

O - A nice appearance, but overall just a non-descript American Lager with coloring added.

I bought this beer to use as a reference color for my homebrews and while it is certainly drinkable, there is just no compelling reason to consume it regularly, especially considering that it is hardly a bargain.

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Photo of justme62
4/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like it!! :) had a good buzz going at 30oz. :). (and i weigh in at 240 pounds.) i'll have another one!
i am a novice drinker even though i am in my 60's and never really cared for beer. this one drinks nicely and was enjoyable to drink. my little brother has much more experience with beer (and drinking in general) and i am going to ask him to taste this one. is that enough letters now???

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Photo of belllarry
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As an early "boomer," I was a sucker for PBR-Bock (seasonal - can). Michelob, Amberbock is better quality at the right price... Excellent beer relative to my tastes. I like a darker tasting, heavier beer but not more than one traditional Guinness.

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Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy cream head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Toasted malt, slightly fruity and bready, with light floral hop character. Seems a little metallic.

Flavor is toasted malt throughout, with notes of caramel accompanying light citrus and floral hop character. The finish is a tad dry. Nuttiness surfaces as it warms.

Body is a little watery, with moderate carbonation.

Not a whole lot there, but a decent malt backbone that has more character than most of their offerings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was the only beer I had at the big bud brewery in st Louis that wasn't vastly improved by being on tap fresh at the source. the pour was nice enough, clear copper in color, a little rusty, with over an inch of bubbles on top. the nose was sweet caramel malts, extract though, and a little thin. no hops at all on which to comment. the taste is the same, extract and thin in that sort of messed up home brewing kit manner, that I just cant get over. its a lot better than the ultra amber, but that isn't saying a whole lot. its got the same malt profile, which in this type of bock, needs to be a whole lot better. also the lager yeast here seems off, if it is in fact lagered. the finish is a contaminated sort of bitterness, and it sits funny in the belly, just not a great beer all up. got a sappy feel to it despite its upbeat carbonation, I may never drink this again, and I am more than okay with that.

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Photo of WaffenSS
4.18/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint glass of this beer on tap. Only tried it because the bar I was in had the usual swill on tap and this was the only interesting beer. Not a fan by any means of ANYTHING brewed by A-B, but l like bock and wanted to give it a try.

Color is a darker amber, the taste was actually pretty good. Not really a bock beer imo, but a good dark lager would be a more appropriate type. Has a sweet, malty taste with a clean, refreshing finish. This would even be a good summer beer as it has that clean, lighter taste for a "bock" beer. I would even buy a case of this...not bad at all.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Michelob : AmberBock

LOOK: Ontap poured into a 24oz mug. They asked if I wanted a the big one, I said of course. Amber colored brew with a short lived white foam topping.

SMELL: Malt and grains are present with a mild sweetness in the aroma.

TASTE: Freshly kilned toasted malts are the focus of this brew. A touch of roast, mild citrus note from processed hops, the beer finishes in a sweet fashion reflecting watery caramel. Mild is the theme here, and this is closer to a mild than a bock on flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth feel, a bit thin and watery, but well carbonated. There is really no finish to this beer, it's kind of like drinking a carbonated iced tea.

OVERALL: Nothing offensive here, this is just a mass produced, standard dark lager that quenches the thirst during hockey and pizza. Can't complain.

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Photo of bullwinkle88
3.79/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say I really like this beer. Its appearance is very dark, with a thick frothy head. I poured it into a glass with a rounded bottom, per the instructions, and the head retained for the length of my drinking. Really nice malty taste. I could have a ton of these. I've always enjoyed Michelob Light as one of my favorite Macros, as its a good balance of taste and drinkability, but I've never really experimented with the offerings of the Michelob brand. Mich Lager is like a beefed up Budweiser, but not so amazing that it needs to be tried. The RYE-P.A. was a tasty but short lived experiment, and michelob ultra is no good at all. But the Amber Bock was something I've passed by for years without trying and I'm glad i gave it a shot. The hallertau hops are a great smelling variant and the caramel malts are loud and proud here. You may be surprised how tasty this is. Its a beer that I feel I could grow tired of if its all I ever had, but then again that can be said with just about anything. You really ought to give this a try as I feel this is something that could be discontinued with lousy sales and I really would miss it.

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Michelob AmberBock from Anheuser-Busch
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